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AD5233:  Nonvolatile, Quad, 64-Position Digital Potentiometer

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The AD5233 is a quad-channel nonvolatile memory,* digitally controlled potentiometer** with a 64-step resolution. The device performs the same electronic adjustment function as a mechanical potentiometer with enhanced resolution, solid-state reliability, and remote controllability. The AD5233 has versatile program-ming using a serial peripheral interface (SPI) for 16 modes of operation and adjustment, including scratchpad programming, memory storing and restoring, increment/decrement, ±6 dB/step log taper adjustment, wiper setting readback, and extra EEMEM for user-defined information such as memory data for other components, look-up tables, or system identification information.

In the scratchpad programming mode, a specific setting can be programmed directly to the RDAC register, which sets the resistance between Terminal W to Terminal A and Terminal W to Terminal B. This setting can be stored into the EEMEM and is transferred automatically to the RDAC register during system power-on.

The EEMEM content can be restored dynamically or through external PR strobing. A WP function protects EEMEM contents. To simplify the programming, independent or simultaneous increment or decrement commands can be used to move the RDAC wiper up or down, one step at a time. For logarithmic ±6 dB step changes in wiper settings, the left or right bit shift command can be used to double or halve the RDAC wiper setting.

The AD5233 is available in a thin 24-lead TSSOP package. The part is guaranteed to operate over the extended industrial temperature range of −40°C to +85°C.


  • Mechanical potentiometer replacement
  • Instrumentation: gain, offset adjustment
  • Programmable voltage-to-current conversion
  • Programmable filters, delays, time constants
  • Programmable power supply
  • Sensor calibration
  • * The terms nonvolatile memory and EEMEM are used interchangeably.
    ** The terms digital potentiometer and RDAC are used interchangeably.

    Data Sheet, Rev. B, 5/08


    • Nonvolatile Memory Preset Maintains Wiper Settings
    • 4-channel independent programmable
    • 64-position resolution
    • Power-on refreshed with EEMEM settings
    • EEMEM restore time: 140 μs typical
    • Full monotonic operation
    • 10 kΩ, 50 kΩ, and 100 kΩ terminal resistance
    • See Data Sheet for Additional Information

    Functional Block Diagram for AD5233

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    AD5233: Nonvolatile Memory, Quad 64-Position Potentiometers Data Sheet (Rev B, 05/2008) (pdf, 1082 kB) Data Sheets PDF
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    AD5233 Model Options
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    AD5233BRU10 Status: Obsolete 24 ld TSSOP 24 Ind Tube, 62 - - N  Material Info Notify Me Contact ADI
    AD5233BRUZ10 Status: Production 24 ld TSSOP 24 Ind Tube, 62 $2.77 $2.50 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase Sample
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    AD5233BRUZ50-R7 Status: Production 24 ld TSSOP 24 Ind Reel, 1000 - $2.50 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
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